Posted on November 24, 2016

I have received so much support this year with my relocated business and things are picking up. As a thank you, I am offering FULL PHOTO SHOOTS for the price of a MINI SHOOT for shoots booked Jan-August*

To purchase one for a friend, click on PROOFING on the menu above and enter the password: Promo. From there, click on the image and choose the photo shoot $100 price option and proceed with your checkout.

*Offer expires Dec 31st. Offer does not include parties or specially priced events.

THANK YOU

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Posted on November 8, 2016

Having just come off a whirlwind 2 weekends of mini shoots for the Wells Marching Band and Color Guard fundraiser, I knew there were families who missed out (we were fully booked!!). I have decided to do a last minute morning of mini shoots.

I have two mornings available (Nov 19th and Dec 3).

Sign up HERE

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Posted on October 13, 2016

I recently had the privilege of being able to do about 12 mini shoots in one day for the Wells Middle School Band fundraiser. It was a great success and made me realize more than ever that mini-shoots are perfect for busy families. I have decided to book mini-shoots in Dublin or Pleasanton for the holiday season. If you only have 15-20 minutes to spare, a mini shoot is perfect. If you prefer to have the photos done quickly… if you have little ones with no patience for a longshoot or older ones (with no patience for a long shoot) and a soccer game and a basketball game, etc…. then a mini shoot is just what you need.

Another twist on the mini shoot is the mini-shoot party. For a mini shoot party of 4 groups, the “host” will have his/her shoot done for free (or you can split the cost of the 4 groups evenly… totally up to you).

Contact me at meg@jeunegirl.com

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Posted on August 27, 2016

It’s been a while since I’ve been crafty. With our overseas adventure, I had to leave an entire room of scrapbooking supplies behind. While I did miss this amazing activity, I found that the rest of the world had moved on from this when I returned. With my photography keeping me busy (as well as 2 pretty active girls) I wanted to take on an activity that I can do just about anywhere. I made it my resolution at the beginning of the year to learn how to crochet. With a few lessons from my very talented (and patient) neighbor, I was able to learn pretty quickly.

I have made several projects already and am always looking to make more. If you need something, don’t hesitate to ask :)

Up first is a crochet blanket that was SUPER FUN to make. I am actually planning on making another one as soon as my daughter tells me what colors she wants.

This hat is a cowl that I learned how to make just by watching a video on ETSY. Since my attention span is pretty non-existent (for example, I have clicked away from this post about 5 times to look at other things…. Oooooh PINTEREST) so I decided to try this one out first in a small size before venturing into anything that might actually fit my kids. So if you know anyone with a 6-9 month old, send them my way! (this item is available in my ETSY shop so click on the link below to see it)

Finally, here is the slouchie beanie hat that I made using a pattern I bought (eek… yes… I BOUGHT a pattern.) Support small business owners! This one is made for a toddler and is available for sale in my Etsy shop

CLICK HERE TO SEE MY SHOP

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Posted on June 10, 2016

How does one go to this:

From This:

Answer: A lot of work and living around a construction zone for 2 months (I washed dishes in a small bathroom sink for about 2 weeks and I’d do it again in a heartbeat!)

When we were moving from Romania, my husband had come here first to look for houses and his priority was a pool so he got a house with a pool…. and a pretty crappy kitchen. He assured me that if we got a house with a pool and a terrible kitchen that we could renovate and it would be the perfect kitchen that I had visualized. After years of watching Fixer Upper and Flip or Flop I knew I could handle this task (and have fun with it!)

It took a few months to get rolling but by March we were ready to dig in and hunker down for the long haul towards completion.

First to go was the wall between the kitchen and the dining room:

Our idea was to eliminate the formal dining room. Since we plan on having about as many visitors as we did in Romania (translation, about 5) we figured we didn’t need a stuffy old formal dining room for the two times a year you host a big family get together. We enlarged the kitchen area and made the eat in kitchen area larger for our dining room table to fit. Eliminating the wall allowed back wall of the house to become almost a full wall of windows. The light is fantastic!

Then we lost our sink and dishwasher  for two weeks. (cue sad music).

We were able to persevere and we slowly began to see a light at the end of the tunnel

As the days went by things really came together and started to look like the kitchen I had envisioned (and pinned a million pins on Pinterest).  We are now almost complete (just  a few touches to be done). I’m sure my contractor is about ready to be done with us at this point. We are thrilled with the results.

So this was my first foray into design that involved removing walls and breaking up all sorts of things (most of my prior design was to figure out which pillows to put on the couch and which photos to hang on the wall) and I must say that I’m pretty proud of the results. I’m not quite ready to hang another shingle on my home for another home business but if you need any design ideas for your own space…. please don’t hesitate to ask. I have tons of ideas and there’s nothing I love more than spending other people’s money to make thatdream a reality!

I will leave you with some parting advice:

Design Tip #1: Always design a room to match your pets! (or design the space and go out to get a pet that matches)

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Posted on May 3, 2016

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a big heart when it comes to animals. I tear up just watching commercials with animals. So when my daughter’s wanted to volunteer at the local animal shelter I knew I was in trouble. Every time I’m at an animal shelter I leave in tears (and without an animal) but something about this beautiful cat just called to me. I didn’t adopt her the first (or second) time I saw her but when we went back a third time and she was still there I knew it was meant to be.  She was just too pretty to stay in a shelter.  I knew my other pets would be put out (to say the least) but I also knew that, with time, they would accept her. It’s been a few weeks and things are definitely improving amongst all the pets.

So join me in welcoming Niamh (pronounced Neeva…. yes, when you adopt a pet from a town called Dublin it’s only polite to name her a Celtic name that’s impossible to pronounce).  Stef Purry was also in the running as a possible name.

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Posted on March 29, 2016

California has finally turned green! We’ve had a pretty decent amount of rain this winter and the landscape has recovered from the harsh summer drought. I’m sure the hills will be golden again by June or July but we are enjoying the green grass and the amazing views.

Days are getting longer and the weather is warming up (though, truth be told, it never was even that cold here) so I’m looking forward to being busy this spring!

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Posted on January 14, 2016

I don’t often do mini-sessions but with the business restarting I’m really looking to reach out to more local people so if you are in the Dublin, California area, contact me and I can work out a time that works for you.

One day only!

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Posted on November 20, 2015

I’ve been chugging along with my Jeune Girl brand for about 10 years. In that time is has grown, changed, evolved, imploded, rebuilt… you name it. Our first move from New Paltz came at a time when I was booking 4 or 5 families every weekend and was spread pretty thin. I welcomed the opportunity to step back, breath, and focus on travel photography. I eventually came to take on a few clients in Romania (mostly within the confines of the expat community since my Romanian is non-existent I could only work with English speaking clients).

In June, we picked up and moved again and had to adjust from our expat life to our re-pat life. With this move came the opportunity to re-open my business (complete with shiny new business license from my town). I was pleasantly surprised to be contacted by a friend of a friend who had been following my work and I just happened to land in her backyard. Since that chance encounter I’ve managed to start building my web of clients (not that I’m a bloodthirsty spider but I always equate growing my business to that of a spider weaving a web that just grows and grows from a central point). I’ve been thrilled to have a few shoots and meet some great new people.

This fall has been different from any fall I’ve ever photographed. Both NY and Romania have a true autumn… with trees bursting with color. California does it a little different but it is still beautiful.

I hope you keep up with me on this new journey. Thank you to all the new clients who have jumped on board and made this transition such a success for me.

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Posted on September 23, 2015

Jeune Girl has moved! That’s right. After 4 amazing years in Romania and living a life of travel and leisure in Europe, we have picked up stakes and heading west…. way out west. We are now in California. My husband has taken on a new position with a company in San Jose and we have, once again, embraced the spirit of adventure. Before moving here, the furthest west I’d ever been was Las Vegas.

So, how is California treating us so far? This summer was pretty hectic with getting a house, cars, our belongings from storage in NY (we are STILL WAITING for our Romanian shipment which is vastly overdue) and getting settled. We have tried to get out and about a little bit to see some of the beauty of this great state. Things are DRY (an understatement) so the hills are more golden than green here. The temperature variations are so unique that the weather people here break it into zones… I’ve never seen this before. The clouds here are also very unusual and unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The bay is often foggy and cloud covered. Sometimes the bay clouds creep over the hills and into our town and almost give us hope that it will rain. The locals say the rain is coming so I am holding on to that hope.

We moved into our home in June and have been getting settled and making small changes here and there. The girls have had to adjust to smaller rooms and (eek!!) SHARING A BATHROOM. The spoils of expat life have not been lost on these two.  School has been quite an adjustment for them as well. They went from being together at an amazing private school to being in two different buildings on different sides of town in schools that are completely different than their school in Romania (in both good and bad ways)  They dearly miss their friends in Romania and actually talk of their eventual return to see them there. We will have to see about that. Meanwhile, they are quickly making friends in their new schools. Brynne has joined the marching band so she’s taking her baritone skills on the road. Both girls are continuing their instrument lessons (piano for B, violin for C) and will be starting after school activities very shortly.

You will all be happy to read that the pets (Meille, Reese, and Dolo) made the move like champs and Dolo has already figured out multiple ways to open doors in our new home. We have “Dolo-proofed” but it only goes so far. I was surprised how well they did on the long flight all the way from Romania. (Only Meille couldn’t quite hold it and made a bit of a mess in her cage)  After the jet lag and living in a hotel for 2 weeks we were able to start setting down some roots. We are all adjusting to America. Heck, the pets had never been out of Eastern Europe so you can imagine it was quite a culture shock for them. LOL

We are getting reacquainted with all things American and enjoying the simple things that we used to take for granted. I’m still on the lookout for decent pizza around here (and places that sell by the slice…. apparently it’s not an American thing…. more of a NY regional thing). We have proudly avoided McDonald’s (except one emergency pit stop on the way to Napa).

So now we are in California. Does this make us “Californians”? I don’t quite think so just yet. We have way too many cultural attachments to our home in NY and our temporary home in Romania. Embracing the local ways in California (including my husband adjusting to his brutal commute) will take more time.

Meanwhile, enjoy a sampling of my California adventures:

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